Name: Kenneth Mintz
Graduation Year: 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Finance and public relations
Hometown: Wantagh, New York
As a Whitman-Newhouse dual, Kenneth Mintz has been pursuing an education jam-packed with experiences that have allowed him to combine his passion for business and public relations with his love of sports, specifically soccer.
According to Mintz, the most beneficial aspects of his education at Whitman are the many opportunities presented to students.
“During my first year alone, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with several big names within the professional world, including former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber,” said Mintz.
This past summer Mintz worked as a communications intern with the New York Cosmos, a world-renowned soccer club for which soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pelé” played in the 1970s. He helped with a large scope of activities including press releases, feature stories, marketing and media relations.
At training sessions and on game days, Mintz welcomed media members to come watch the team and was often responsible for distributing press credentials and coordinating post-game interviews as well as taking photos and videos to post on social media. One of Mintz’s stories highlighted Cosmos midfielder David Diosa, a breakout player who had progressively earned himself more minutes on the field throughout the summer.
“It was an incredible opportunity to be immersed in the middle of a sports franchise,” Mintz said. “One day, I would meet the team’s chief operating officer, and the next, I would meet a Syracuse alum who works with the team’s broadcasting partner.”
However, Mintz’s experience in soccer and media does not end with his internship with the Cosmos. After his senior year of high school, Mintz interned with Richner Communications as a digital marketing and editorial intern. One article he wrote, in particular, was about the local community’s reaction to the United States Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory. Little did he know that he would go on host a one-on-one interview with Abby Wambach, the captain of the U.S. Women’s team.
On campus, Mintz keeps busy as a Whitman Leadership Scholar, a brother of Delta Sigma Pi, a staff writer for The Daily Orange, a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and as a Whitman peer mentor and ambassador.